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Threat Matrix: 2010
Freerepublic.com ^ | 12/31/2009 | Freeper TMers

Posted on 12/31/2009 10:06:46 AM PST by Velveeta

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Al Qaeda’s Yemen Connection, America and the Global Islamic Jihad

December 30, 2009 — The attempt to destroy Northwest Airlines flight 253 en route from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day underscores the growing ambition of al Qaeda's Yemen franchise, which has grown from a largely Yemeni agenda to become a player in the global Islamic jihad in the last year. Since merging with the al Qaeda franchise in Saudi Arabia last January and renaming itself Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), it has stepped up operations in Yemen itself, struck into Saudi Arabia, and now operates on the global stage. The weak Yemeni government of President Ali Abdallah Salih, which has never fully controlled the country and now faces a host of growing problems, will need significant American support to defeat AQAP.

Al Qaeda has long been active in Yemen, the original homeland of Osama bin Laden's family, and one of its first major terror attacks was conducted in Aden in 2000, when an al Qaeda cell nearly sank the USS Cole. A year ago, the al Qaeda franchises in Saudi Arabia and Yemen merged after the Saudi branch had been effectively repressed by the Saudi authorities under the leadership of Deputy Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Nayif. The new AQAP showed its claws last August, when it almost assassinated the prince with a suicide bomber who had passed through at least two airports on the way to his attempt on Nayif.

(snip)

The attack on the Amsterdam-Detroit flight also shows that al Qaeda remains obsessed with striking the American airline industry, a target it has gone after repeatedly since 1999. If AQAP has now been told by the al Qaeda core leadership to take on the job, we can probably assume that other al Qaeda franchises in North Africa, Iraq, Southeast Asia and elsewhere have also been pressed to attack.

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Welcome to Threat Matrix 2010.

Thank you to Jim Robinson and Freerepublic for this wonderful site.

Thanks to all posters for their contributions over the years.

Lurkers, take the plunge and post 'em if you've got 'em.

Wishing you all a safe, healthy, happy and prosperous year.

Please let me know if you'd like on or off the ping list.

1 posted on 12/31/2009 10:06:47 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: nwctwx; Cindy; Godzilla; nw_arizona_granny; callmejoe; Oorang; StillProud2BeFree; Calpernia; ...

Threat Matrix 2010

PING!

Happy New Year.


2 posted on 12/31/2009 10:07:45 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

Bigtime bookmark.


3 posted on 12/31/2009 10:11:55 AM PST by Michael Barnes (Call me when the bullets start flying.)
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To: LucyT; FARS; potlatch; BP2

new page, new attitude! let’s git em.


4 posted on 12/31/2009 10:12:17 AM PST by bitt (You can’t make a weak man strong by making a strong man weak (Abraham Lincoln))
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To: Velveeta

Please add me. Thanks.


5 posted on 12/31/2009 10:14:39 AM PST by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: WestCoastGal; All

If you have time, please bring over your posts from TM 2009 that you posted today, recently - or would just like to draw attention to.


6 posted on 12/31/2009 10:17:18 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: COUNTrecount

Done.
Welcome to TM.


7 posted on 12/31/2009 10:18:42 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

Thanks Velveeta!


8 posted on 12/31/2009 10:19:28 AM PST by LayoutGuru2 (0BAMAC0RN)
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To: Velveeta

Thanks for the ping Vel - and for renewing the thread :)

How many are we at now? - It’s been 7+ years for TM - a lot of hard work by many to search and find information and credible threats. Thanks to all.

There will never be an end to the threats to our country - not at least and until we get a President who is determined to not take any cr@p from our enemies. Even then, I fear it will never be enough. I know “W” did all he could and we were a bit more safe for awhile.


9 posted on 12/31/2009 10:19:48 AM PST by WestCoastGal
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To: Velveeta

A Happy New Year to you as well!


10 posted on 12/31/2009 10:20:18 AM PST by JDoutrider
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To: LayoutGuru2

You’re welcome.
Happy New Year!


11 posted on 12/31/2009 10:20:55 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: WestCoastGal

This is Thread #69 - can you believe it?

Threat Matrix since November 3, 2003.

It’s been a long time!


12 posted on 12/31/2009 10:22:28 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: JDoutrider

Thank you!


13 posted on 12/31/2009 10:23:10 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: Velveeta

On board and locked and loaded.


14 posted on 12/31/2009 10:27:55 AM PST by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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To: nwctwx

Apologies to Ian for my butchering of your lovely html work. ;-)

Hope you are well.


15 posted on 12/31/2009 10:28:26 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: Velveeta

Please ping me-I didn’t know this thread existed!

What’s the 411 on it Velveeta? Is it to monitor/report USA threats?

Thanx...SZQ


16 posted on 12/31/2009 10:29:54 AM PST by homegroan (ZQczar...happily addicted to the Refresh Button.....)
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To: Velveeta

Thanks, Vel........lookin’good.


17 posted on 12/31/2009 10:36:58 AM PST by Rushmore Rocks (Dollar a Day Member..............Free Republic is not Free!)
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To: Velveeta

I just checked the very first TM thread and there were 712 posts the very first day. WOW


18 posted on 12/31/2009 10:37:19 AM PST by WestCoastGal
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To: Velveeta

Happy New Year to you too Vel. And thanks for the ping!


19 posted on 12/31/2009 10:37:28 AM PST by jersey117
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To: hennie pennie; All
*bookmark*

AND a big thank you to all posters who have remained active all these years on the Free Republic Threat Matrix messagethread, and wishing you & yours a prosperous & safe New Years!

Kind regards,
HP

20 posted on 12/31/2009 10:42:13 AM PST by hennie pennie
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To: Godzilla; All

Lock and load - for sure.

21 posted on 12/31/2009 10:45:17 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: Velveeta

Great job.

How is LGF still on the blogroll? Most people have dropped them from the blogrolls since charles johnson lost it & became some kind of left/lib.


22 posted on 12/31/2009 10:52:15 AM PST by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: WestCoastGal
Bringing over a SNIP from your very interesting post of the Haskell interview with the FBI. Thanks much for the info WCG.

Haskell asked them why he was not shown a full body shot of the suspect. Haskell was eight rows back from the suspect. The FBI agents did not answer and were displeased with the question. He also asked the FBI agents if it would be more appropriate to bring the surveillance video from the Amsterdam airport instead of still photos. “I don’t think they liked that comment from me,” Haskell added. The FBI said they did not have the videotape. They also made a point to tell Haskell they were asking the questions and not him.

The agents showed Haskell a photograph of the man flagged by the bomb-sniffing dog and taken into custody in customs. “Isn’t this the man who had the bomb in his carry-on bag that you arrested in customs who you refuse to admit exists?” Haskell asked the agents. “They really didn’t like that comment from me and had no comment back to me but I said it sure looks like the man you refuse to admit exists.”

23 posted on 12/31/2009 10:53:40 AM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: homegroan

You’ve been added to the ping list. Welcome to TM!

Yes, Homegroan, it’s very important to be aware, to monitor and to report any suspicious activity and threats. As clearly indicated by the Fruit of the Boom attempted bomber, the jihadis want us dead. They’ll be back and the general public is the first line of defense.

Please check out the links in the initial post for additional information.


24 posted on 12/31/2009 10:54:06 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: Velveeta

Big Thank You Velveeta!


25 posted on 12/31/2009 10:54:22 AM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Thanks, RR.

Sure wish I had some html skills to clean up all my errors.
Ian must be cringing.


26 posted on 12/31/2009 10:55:11 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: WestCoastGal

It’s surprising to look through some of those early threads and see that not much has changed.

They still want us dead - we’re still here.


27 posted on 12/31/2009 10:56:16 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: jersey117

Thanks for being here.


28 posted on 12/31/2009 10:56:39 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

Ah, you’re right. I should have caught that, but just did the ole copy and paste - so I missed it.


29 posted on 12/31/2009 10:58:00 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: Oorang

My pleasure, Oorang.


30 posted on 12/31/2009 10:58:44 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: Velveeta

Thanks for the new thread and for the ping Velveeta!

Wow,7+ years. Lots of great discussion.

It’s been and is an HONOR to be a part of this. Thanks everyone!!!


31 posted on 12/31/2009 10:59:39 AM PST by appalachian_dweller (Live each day as if it's your last.....it might be.)
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To: Velveeta; Cindy; Oorang; Godzilla; ExTexasRedhead; Nachum; ExSoldier; Rushmore Rocks; JustPiper; ...
Thank you Velveeta for bringing Threat Matrix current to 2010. You are much appreciated for your diligent work here!

Hizb ut-Tahir America promotes supremacism as solution to Pakistan violence, poverty

In the Chicago suburb of Lombard on December 20, 2009, Hizb ut-Tahrir America (HTA) held a recruitment event to promote its anti-democracy, Islamic supremacist views, with the focus of this event by claiming that the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is not sufficiently "Islamic" enough for Hizb ut-Tahrir's goals of creating "Islamic states" in building a global Islamic supremacist caliphate.

Children in the jihadi cause - an Ansar Al-Muahideen video compilation

The following are excerpts from a compilation of videos of Jihadi children, produced by Ansar Al-Mujahideen. The compilation, titled "The Next Generation of Mujahideen," identifies the jihad groups to which the children belong, and shows them training, giving speeches, chanting, and praying.The compilation was posted on the Internet in December 2009.

Students caught in terrorism net


A NUMBER of students who dropped out of an Australian-affiliated university in Dubai are being investigated for links to the Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a US aircraft.

2008 FBI audit flagged failure to place terror suspects on watchlist

While the State Department is fending off questions about why it didn’t revoke Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s visa and points fingers at the National Counterterrorism Center, it’s worth noting that the FBI last year was told, following an in-depth audit by its inspector general, that it had a big problem with failing to place terror suspects on the NCTC’s terror watchlists.

A civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and convictions to defend itself

Indeed, the weakness of the West is its loss of the spirit of its own culture. The West requires not only the existence of certain institutions and principles — legislatures, courts of law, free speech and freedom of religion, for example — but also a populace willing to defend those institutions and principles without apology.

Commentary - Unholy war in cyberspace

Snips: ..... it is almost mission impossible to figure out what terrorists and would-be terrorists are up to in cyberspace.

32 posted on 12/31/2009 10:59:41 AM PST by MamaDearest
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To: All
And to all you lurking terrorist jihadis and wannabees out there...this one's for you:


33 posted on 12/31/2009 11:02:44 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: MamaDearest
Bringing over your excellent post:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2181917/posts?page=2029#2029

SNIP:
Federal officials are following leads as to why Abdul-Mutallab was in Houston. The details are classified.

Doubt if we will ever learn the "classified details". Also, I wonder how many branches there are of the Islamic Institute. I see what I can find and post accordingly.

Thanks for all your informative posts MamaD.

34 posted on 12/31/2009 11:03:12 AM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: MamaDearest

And thanks to all of you for keeping TM going. ;-)


35 posted on 12/31/2009 11:03:51 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: Velveeta

Denial of the real problem is going to kill Americans (including airline passengers and flight crews). Unless and until they adopt El Al procedures in total, terrorists will dictate and take our lives if we attempt to fly anywhere.


36 posted on 12/31/2009 11:12:05 AM PST by MamaDearest
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To: appalachian_dweller

Thanks for being here, AD.

And a reminder to all to review the very important list on Appalachian Dweller’s homepage, of things to do and supplies to have on hand:

http://www.freerepublic.com/~appalachiandweller/


37 posted on 12/31/2009 11:12:20 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: MamaDearest

I’ve often told my husband that the airlines need to hire Moms and Grandmothers.

Nothing gets by us.

We can always tell if someone is trying to sneak something by us.

We can always tell if someone is lying to us.


38 posted on 12/31/2009 11:15:52 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: Velveeta

http://www.criticalthreats.org/yemen/christmas-day-attack-manifestation-aqap-shift-targeting-america

Lots of good background info here.


39 posted on 12/31/2009 11:16:23 AM PST by Excellence (Meet your new mother-in-law, the United States Government)
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To: Velveeta

Hey, Vel. Happy New Year to everyone!!!
I was wondering yesterday who was gonna switch the year for us. Hard to believe a whole year has gone by so quickly and nothing has gotten any better. Let us pray that 2010 is more to our liking, but it sure doesn’t seem to be starting out that way.

Be alert and stay safe tonight.


40 posted on 12/31/2009 11:17:32 AM PST by MestaMachine (Your CORE is the path you walk. RINOs don't walk paths, they build roads to nowhere..)
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To: Oorang
Also, I wonder how many branches there are of the Islamic Institute. I see what I can find and post accordingly.

Thanks Oorang. I think there is something much more to the Houston connection than has been told. Here'a couple of older links:

Link from 2007: Storm track infiltration - The Houston Taliban - Jihad in Texas

4 Whyislam and ICNA workers (coined by the media as the “Houston Taliban”) held jihad training camps on Islamic Society of Greater Houston property in Willis Texas north of Houston. The men sought firearms training in the Houston area on at least eight occasions between May 2005 and June 2006. Semi-automatic weapons were used in paramilitary training conducted by an undercover FBI agent. The men were in possession of an Armalite M15A4 rifle, a .308 rifle and a 12-gage shotgun, a Glock pistol and other weapons. The group was photographed and recorded during the paramilitary training exercises.

Link from 2004: Jihad in Houston?

They're scratching their heads in Houston over this one: "A Saudi Arabian national who slashed a Jewish friend's throat after apparently undergoing a religious reawakening has pleaded guilty to murder rather than face trial." This from the Houston Chronicle, with thanks to Mrs. Obelix and Nicolei. Mohammed Ali Alayed, 23, faces up to 60 years in prison for the Aug. 6 attack in which Ariel Sellouk was almost decapitated with a knife.

Jihad camps in the USA?

List at link

41 posted on 12/31/2009 11:22:54 AM PST by MamaDearest
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To: Excellence

Thanks for that link Excellence!


42 posted on 12/31/2009 11:25:42 AM PST by MamaDearest
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To: Excellence

Great article, thank you - with a powerful conclusion:

The Christmas Day attempt is proof of AQAP’s desire and ability to strike America and American interests. The recent U.S. and Yemeni strikes on AQAP strongholds and leadership may have weakened the group, but its recent statements suggest that it is still operational and under strong leadership. AQAP reiterated its desire to strike the U.S. in its statement claiming responsibility for Abdulmutallab’s attempt: “From here, we say to the American people: since you support your leaders and you stand behind them in killing our women and our children, rejoice for what will do you harm. We have come to you with slaughter and we have prepared for you men who love death as you love life. With permission from Allah, we will come to you from where you do not expect. As you kill, you will be killed. Tomorrow is near.”[40] AQAP has made its intentions very clear: it is no longer satisfied with attacking Saudi and Yemeni targets; it has every intention to kill Americans.

http://www.criticalthreats.org/yemen/christmas-day-attack-manifestation-aqap-shift-targeting-america


43 posted on 12/31/2009 11:30:06 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: MamaDearest

You’re welcome. Happy New Year!


44 posted on 12/31/2009 11:30:42 AM PST by Excellence (Meet your new mother-in-law, the United States Government)
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To: MestaMachine

Thanks, MestaMachine.

You be safe as well!


45 posted on 12/31/2009 11:32:15 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: Velveeta
Nothing gets by us. We can always tell if someone is trying to sneak something by us.

You've got that right. Raising teenagers and being one step ahead of them and their plans qualifies us as experts. Getting "the look" when we discovered "undisclosed" things was worth its weight in gold.

46 posted on 12/31/2009 11:32:18 AM PST by MamaDearest
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To: MamaDearest; Velveeta; JustPiper; LucyT

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2418409/posts
Flight 253 passenger Kurt Haskell: ‘I was visited by the FBI’

I would bet money the “Indian” man in this article is not Indian, but Pakistani. And I am still putting my thumb firmly on the State Department for having so many islamist moles in embassies around the world that we are safe nowhere and no time.
This whole thing stinks to high, high heaven!


47 posted on 12/31/2009 11:38:53 AM PST by MestaMachine (Your CORE is the path you walk. RINOs don't walk paths, they build roads to nowhere..)
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To: Velveeta

Thank you and all who keep this going.
Happy New year and may God Bless each of you.


48 posted on 12/31/2009 11:45:18 AM PST by NanaDory8
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To: Velveeta

We just hang around and occasionally post something that is (hopefully) relevant.

Thanks yet again for keeping the door open.

(And a VERY Happy New Year.)


49 posted on 12/31/2009 12:04:32 PM PST by Unrepentant VN Vet (Tagline deleted to avoid banishment.)
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To: MamaDearest

Thanks for the ping MamaD - I have to run into town but will read when I get back :)


50 posted on 12/31/2009 12:31:20 PM PST by WestCoastGal
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